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Towers Tap Into Wind Power: Makes Them Self-Sustainable

Unique curving towers with wind turbines concept harnesses wind power and makes the towers self -sustainable.

California’s Solar Electric Generating System Controversial

In Ivanpah California, BrightSource is developing its first solar power complex. When constructed it will be the largest in the world and will produce enough energy to power more than 140,000 homes while reducing 400,000 tons of CO2 per year. Still, environmentalists are protesting the location where the solar complex will be built.

They Turned an Old Church Into a New Home

Take a look at this amazing renovated home in Kyloe, Northumberland. It is a church! Well... it was a church. Now it is a home to an eco-friendly couple.

Old Water Tower Makes Amazingly Tall House and Meeting Place

To me there is something so exciting about taking any old structure, like a water tower, and repurposing it into a new unique home. An old, but useable structure turned into new homes just makes more environmental sense. To prove my point, take a look inside this repurposed water tower in a Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel.

Carousel Goes Round and Round With Solar Power

A 36 foot solar powered carousel, designed by CRStudios Architects, recently opened up for rides at Hudson River Park's Chelsea Cove on Pier 62.

Giant Lawn Chair Grown To Discourage TV Watching And Encourage More Nature Watching

I love to sit and relax in the front yard chatting with my neighbors, while my kids run around on the grass with their friends. Last year my HOA fined me for leaving my lawn chairs outside. Apparently, I have the wrong kind. The right kind isn't in my budget. So, this year, I have nowhere comfortable to sit, but what if I grew my own lawn chairs, like the ones in England?

Zaha Hadid's Design For The Hague's Cutural Center Is A Finalist

Yes, I know it looks like a pile of ventilated soft paper dinner napkins in this photo, but in the images of the city, The Hague, Zaha Hadid's vision of The Hague's Dance and Music Center, looks like a huge pile of napkins with space and light between the layers. And you have to love it.  Because it will symbolize a period in the illustrious, prolific life-work of perhaps the most famous architect in the world right now.

Hotel Of Trash Built With 12,000 Tons Of Garbage - Outside The Vatican

If you were imagining what the Pope was doing on June 5, 2010, he might have passed by, or seen from one of his many Vatican windows, the world's first hotel made entirely of garbage - 12 tons of it, picked up from European beaches in just a few days.  It was the Save The Beach Hotel designed by German artist HA Schult and it was built to emphasize World Environment Day.

 

 

Swimming In The Clouds: 55-Story, Edgeless Pool

The new Sands Skypark in Singapore features a lavish pool suspended high above the city.

'ATREE?' Grows On You In DREAM Competition

ATREE? by the Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design (BOARD), based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, was chosen as a finalist in the upcoming European Competition of Architecture, Design, Realisations in Eco and Agro-Materals (DREAM).  ATREE? will be one of 22 entries in the finals, and this first image suggests it will 'take a village' to grow it.

 

U.S. Students Feature Breakthrough Designs At London Festival Of Architecture

Students at New Jersey's Science & Technology University (NJIT), experimenting with parametric designs in their industrial design class, were invited to display their experiments at the London Festival of Architecture, June 19 to July 4, 2010. Their architectural objects illustrate new relationships between objects in 3-dimensions.

 


How To Live With Just One Piece Of Furniture: The Form_Z01

Furniture designs are getting more compact and multi-functional.  Have you noticed that?   As 70 percent of the world's population is projected to be living in metropolitan areas by 2050, it's just assumed that space will be tight.  I believe that Russian architect and designer Vladimir Yuzbashev has beat the pack so far by designing nearly a full apartment into less than 200 square feet.

Why Design Now? The Creation Of Carbon-Negative Materials

Design has a big impact on the environment, but today, most responsible designers put the 'environment' in their plans and try to avoid leaving a footprint.  This is especially true in the design of new Materials, one of the categories featured in the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibit, Why Design Now, The National Design Triennial.

 

Roll, Roll, Roll Your House... Rollit, Experimental Mobile Micro Housing

Students from several departments at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have designed and constructed a most interesting prototype of a circular micro home: the Rollit.  The simple, elegant architectural design provides the most efficient use of space one is likely to achieve.

 


Bike Lanes Above Traffic In Our Future?

Imagine a world where cyclist could freely ride their bikes without worry about the danger of city streets and crazy drivers. Imagine a world where they can ride safely high above the traffic. Can't picture it? That's okay. Martin Angelov has imagined it with steel wires up in the air, but it isn't a circus stunt.

Why Design Now? Social Transformation In Medellìn, Colombia

We don't generally think about the sociological impact of design.  But in the poorest areas of Medellìn, Colombia, design is changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants with a strong message of education, jobs, and inclusion in the culture of a city with a very proud history. 


Real Books Are Reborn In David Garcia's Archive Series

The old fashioned kind of books with the hard backs and the paper pages one turns, generally by hand, are still important to Danish architect David Garcia, at least as subject matter.  In his Archive Series, Garcia gives books new life by placing them in different surroundings - four vastly different Archives that strike us as three-dimensional poems.  Fortunately, we have all the photos, even those representing the mysterious Archive III.

 

Micello & Point Inside, Mobile Location-Based Services Navigating Indoors

Foursquare and Gowalla have literally put location-based social networks on the maps and Twitter's acquisition of GeoAPI is diligently working on making the microblogging platform a communication center for followers that are within close proximity of each other. With the assistance of GPS devices and satellites, maneuvering outdoors is no longer a difficult task. However when trying to access a similar experience indoors, the necessary geo-location technology is just beginning to emerge.

Smithsonian's Lemelson Center Launches 'Tech Virtual' Design Challenge

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation today launched a collaborative design project with The Tech Virtual at the The Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif. With a series of design challenges hosted by The Tech Virtual, the Lemelson Center invites the public to develop and prototype design concepts for the center’s next exhibition, tentatively titled "Places of Invention."

 

Water Tank Becomes 'Spaceship' On The Streets Of Madrid: Infomab 2010

.... The Infomab project began as an experiment by the Kawamura Ganjavian Studio to see how the water tank's material - glass fiber reinforced polyester - could be repurposed.  Not a bad outcome!